In between lessons: Newquay Bay is a lot of fun to surf

In between lessons: Newquay Bay is a lot of fun to surf

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Sixty days between posts, is that’s what it’s come down to? Alas I think so. I’ve been that busy running surf lessons at Surf Sanctuary, and most recently standing in for a couple of issues of Kitesurf Magazine (look out for it in shops next week!) that all spare time has gone into work, a bit of play, and keeping an eye on Reb.

Windy take off at Great Western. Like how the light shimmers on this one
Windy take off at Great Western. Like how the light shimmers on this one

Still, we have a proper Autumn now, with sand being redistributed nicely around the beaches (the nasty rocks that blighted the mid tide line at Fistral all summer have now at last been covered up), a rather nice bank at Great Western (as hopefully these pics sort of show) and most importantly a lot of swell and wind.

This was a slip-sliding take off with a bit of breeze getting under the board
This was a slip-sliding take off with a bit of breeze getting under the board

A couple of weeks ago I ran my Total Immersion Holiday, it was a real belter. Wonderful crew, three repeat kiters from last year, and another three kiters that have joined onto my clinics in the past. Really pleasing because it demonstrates the methods are working and also that everyone else finds waveriding with a kite as addictive me and my mates down here find it.

Bouncing off of the foam
Bouncing off of the foam

Kate took these photos with my new 400m lens. It’s a Sigma EX, so not too pricey but it has double the reach of my 70-200m Canon lens and to us it feels like a quality bit of kit. Kate even offered to take the shots as she wanted to practise with it! 🙂 The light wasn’t great and the camera was in ‘running man’ auto mode but I can’t fault Kate’s framing and timing – unfortunately for her she seems to have a natural flair for taking photos of surfing and kiting!

Almost, sort of, well quite a way off actually. Still fun though
Almost, sort of, well quite a way off actually. Still fun though

In the three days before the two days that these shots were taken, I’d been surfing at Fistral. It was nicely overhead, briskly offshore, but I’d be jiggered if I could get a decent turn in. It was either close-outs or down the line screamers resulting in a close-out for me. Every time I left the water and viewed the surf from the top I could see people slashing turns all over the place so if no one else was, I was pleased when the wind swung around and messed it up at Fistral and pushed us into the Bay.

Whippet good
Whippet good

It’s really not everyone’s idea of a fun wave and a lot of people will travel further afield as there will usually be better spots working when the bay has waves, but taking into account the factors of time, convenience, fun and a great spot to shoot from, Great Western does all right in my opinion. I was on my new 6’3 Peanut from Escape Surfboards; it’s a cheating wave catcher and no mistake, but whips around nicely when you hit a lip. It’s coming out to Lanzarote with my in two weeks time, I can’t wait.